Sunday, November 04, 2012

Nude of the Day Rejects Part 6 - Portraits

Howdy everyone. Halloween is over and it is time to clean up all the cobwebs on this blog.

Starting off with some paintings I did last year on Halloween at PNCA. I was doing a demo in my friend's Chuck Lukacs's painting class. Chuck brought out some costumes and props to dress the model (Chris) and I got to work with a clothed model for a change.

Chris In A Steampunk Costume

Chris In An Archer Costume

Chris In A Horned Hat

The next batch were done back at the good old Society of Illustrators Jazz & Sketch. I was in NY on three separate occasions this year and took the time to go hang out with everyone at the Society. On Thursday nights, they do themed costume nights. I don't remember what the themes were but I got some fun drawings done there.

Lillian In A Black Dress

Lillian With A Fan

Margo In A Pink Dress

Minnie Tonka:
Minnie Tonka In A Polka Dot Bra

Back in Portland, my regular figure studio (Hipbone) has also been experimenting with costumed poses. Sometimes it's unintentional, like when a model fails to show up, Jeff Burke, the owner and moderator steps in like a trooper. Jeff used to model professionally at the Art Student's League in NYC and has modeled for Andy Warhol (back when he actually painted his own stuff). Jeff celebrated his 25th Anniversary as the owner and operator of Hipbone Studio back in September.

Jeff Sleeping

Jeff In A Sombrero

Jeff Wearing A Hat

Jeff As Lenin

Jeff Portrait 01

Other times the costumes are hastily thrown together and lack the showmanship of the burlesque models at the Society of Illustrators. But I still have a good time focusing on my favorite part of the model, the face.

Melanie Portrait In Profile

John Portrait In Profile

Emilie In A Green Skirt

Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work. If you're interested in purchasing any of these paintings please email me to check availability and pricing.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!!!

Hey gang,

Guess where I'll be next week? Where all the cool art nerds will be, of course. In Kansas City, Missouri.

(Record Scratch!!!)

Say WHAT? Why? Missouri? Really?

Ya, I'll be at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live along with the who's who of the fantasy illustration community. I'll be sharing a booth with some guy named Greg Manchess. (whomever the hell THAT is?)

No, Greg is a really good friend of mine and was (and still is) a hero of mine all through out college and beyond. I'm deeply honored to be stinking up his booth with my crappy artwork. ;) I'm doing my best to crank out some new work and finish off stuff that's been on the drawing board for a number of months now. I'll also have prints of some of my most recent illustrations, some of my nudes, and some of my coloring books for Dover.

Here's an image of said recent piece.

"Between Two Worlds" - Oil/Acrylic/Digital

It's a mix of oils, acrylics and digital.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I'm still alive - 2012 edition

Howdy all.

It's true I'm still alive. Once again I've gone forever without an update. I'm amazed by how many people check this blog daily even though I'm largely absent.

I have a ton of stuff to post from 2011, but I'm more excited about 2012. So here is something I'm working on (still in progress).

MtG Scorpion (progress 01)

I'll go in detail about this piece when I finish it (hopefully not another 6 months from now). What I will say is this is my attempt to get over a big creative rut I've been going through. I've been having a hard time just getting myself to a drawing table. And with deadlines looming this was a scary place to be. So in an attempt to overcome this rut, I decided to make today (02.18.2012) Illustration Day. My girlfriend and I took the day off from our commissioned assignments to work on an illustration with the object of the day to start and finish it. Rebecca succeeded in finishing hers. I succeeded in overcoming my rut. And I'm pretty happy with the progress so far. I'm gonna take another day later in the week to try and bring this to a final.

Stay tuned.